Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Injustice: Ground Zero #2 Review (Spoilers)

A Death in the Gang... but not really. Jokes on me.
Written by: Chris Sebela and Brian Buccellato
Art by: Daniel Sampere
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: December 21, 2016

I was loving this story so far, it was one of my favorite comics right now. So you ask yourself, “if you love it some much, why don’t you marry it?” I thought about it but the relationship isn’t as perfect as you think. The first half of this issue was great but the second half, not so much. Here is "Sidekicks" and see for yourself. Spoilers: the cover says Sinestro pulls the strings. No he doesn't. He is hardly even in the issue.

The First Half:

We start with Harley again, continuing her story throughout this fight against Superman’s Regime. From a wider shot, there doesn’t seem to be anyone she’s talking to again, no shadowy figure like in the last chapter. Since the first issue, she’s been plucking away at a small flower. Since this story is in her eyes, this also means we’re in her mind as we see that the flowers have cute faces. They’re in so much pain though from Harley plucking their pedals off. It’s funny but poor things. Still, the art continues to look so nice, bright yet dark. In the beginning, we to see heroes fight each other. Next, Batman creates a pile of dead Robins, making it a goofy yet dark visual representation of Batman’s loss from battles. We also get a quick shot of what it appears to possibly be Barbara holding up a camera to The Joker pointing a gun at her, referencing the heck out of The Killing Joke.

The story continues with Harley getting drinks with her goons at Dead Shots!!, were she tries to get to know them, what makes them special, and their “origin story.” She still refers to them by the names she’s given them and not bothering to learn their real names. It’s hilarious and she’s so genuine about it, but the goons really don’t seem to care anyway. They toast to henchmen and are interrupted by a news story on TV reporting a peaceful protest turned riot. We then see Ollie, Diana, Arthur, and Hal in costume on the rooftop across from the bar Harley exits from. One of her goons say he spots a Green Arrow imposter. Harley and her goons steal some motorcycles outside of the bar and drive off to the riot scene. The four heroes(?) talk about how it looks like Gotham that their in but talk about how they might have jumped into another dimension. They then leave the rooftop wondering which Earth they’re really in. I’m very interested in seeing what comes of this.

Harley and her goons get to the scene just in time for Sinestro to attack the protesters. Ollie, Diana, Arthur, and Hal are there as well and start to fight Sinestro. Harley takes her other half of her green pill, all she has left. She runs into battle with two car doors and tries out a tagline that doesn’t work out so well for her. She then beats up some of the Regime police with her goons. She truly loves her new henchmen and can’t wait to see what they do and where they go with each other. She’s so happy now that she’s not with the Joker anymore and she can have henchmen that she can treat better than the Joker ever could. She wants to rename her gang and is working on it, to get that Joker name out of there. But then, Gary is shot in the chest by one of the police and goes down. The first half ends with Harley ready to throw some justice down on the cop who killed Gary. Chris Sebela continues to nail Harley’s character and Daniel Sampere’s art is wonderful and keeps the feel of the 2 previous artists. Harley’s face can be a bit off at times but it’s nothing too distracting.

Here's the second half:

We start this half the exact same way we’ve been picking back up with these issues. Harley is telling her story on a park bench still picking at flower pedals. We continue with Harley beating the crap out of the cop that shot Gary. She’s telling dark jokes about herself as she does this but they’re not supposed to be funny. They’re just to show how she’s feeling in this dark world. She’s still pretty hurt about Gary’s supposed death and I say that because he didn’t actually die. So, a bit dramatic but it just really goes to show how much Harley loves her gang members. She then literally zaps the life out of that cop, so it seems.

As she continues to monologue, we are shown Green Lantern and Sinestro fight in really awesome splash pages and the art here is top notch. Wonder Woman and Green Arrow are in the fight too but it’s really Lanterns and Sinestro’s fight. Harley gets the civilians someplace else for safety because Regime enforcements are on their way. As, Hal briefly takes Sinestro out and checks up on Diana, she’s stuck with fear as she sees a Hal doppleganger wielding the Yellow Ring power.

We then cut to Harley and her goons taking Gary into a doctor they know. The bullet he took just lodged in his rib cage so he’ll be fine once the doctor patches him up. He finally tells Harley his real name, Curt. She doesn’t like that name for him since it doesn’t rhyme with the rest of the names she’s given her goons. So, she continues to call him Gary. “Terry,” another of her goons, tells her that there’s something she’s gotta see. They run along rooftops to their location where we see Hawkgirl and Yellow Hal beating down Batman. Harley is about to go down there to save him until her eye catches…. The Joker. What a great cliffhanger because, as we all know, Superman killed Joker at the start of this Injustice story so there’s clearly some multidimensional work at play. Joker and Harley in another comic together? Great. However, this chapter wasn’t so great. I’m not second guessing this married with this series, but it’s a slight hiccup.

Final Thoughts:

I loved the first half of the issue, as much as I’ve loved the series so far. It really delves into Harley’s love for her new goons. The art is so nice and these writers have really captured Harley’s character so well as we continue her life post-Joker in this Injustice world. The second half was a little bit of a let down. I was pretty bored with it. It wasn’t bad but not as good as I was expecting. As I turned the pages, I was expecting more. Most of it was fighting with Harley monologuing to herself. The writing for it though is really good and the art from Daniel Sampere continues to deliver. Maybe I just wasn’t into it. But, with an awesome cliffhanger, I’m still very interested in continuing the story.


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